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May 2021

Greenland paddle workshop

May 22 |9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Freeranger Canoe, Veldstraat 35
Balen, Antwerpen 2491 Belgium
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€180
Greenland paddle workshop

During this 8 hour Greenland paddle workshop you will make make a traditional sea kayak paddle. Each participant will carve a paddle made to measure. The length of the paddle and the shaft and the width of the blade will be adapted to your size. We provide instruction, all the tools and the wood. You provide the elbow grease and go home with a new Greenland paddle! Class sizes are limited to 3 people due to space, tools and the attention…

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Paddling the Regge River

May 29 |10:00 am - May 30 |5:00 pm
€250
canoeing on the Regge River

Join us for a wonderful weekend of canoeing in Overijssel. A region laced with canals and small rivers such as the Regge and Linderbeek. It’s the perfect destination to get away for the weekend and to enjoy the silence. The spacious landscape is dotted with cattle farms. We will be staying on a beautiful farm camping on the water’s edge. The main focus for the weekend is the Regge.  This river, once channeled, has been restored to its old, winding…

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June 2021

Laminated canoe paddle workshop

June 19 |9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Freeranger Canoe, Veldstraat 35
Balen, Antwerpen 2491 Belgium
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€180
Laminated canoe paddle

In this paddle workshop you will make your own canoe paddle from a variety of laminated woods for a traditional beavertail or ottertail blade. Pre-laminated shafts will be supplied for you to glue up the blades and grips to. A discussion of the various types of paddles and how to size a paddle to an individual will take place before we glue up your individual paddle. The rest of the day will be spent paring the wood down with hand…

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Weekend canoe trip on the River Somme

June 26 |8:00 am - June 27 |5:00 pm
€250
Freeranger canoe guided canoe trips on the Somme River

The Romans called her Samara, adopting Gallic terms: samo (quiet) and ar (river or valley). And it is true, the Somme is a very peaceful stream. Her valley forms a complex set of rivers, marshes, ponds and canals we will paddle between Amiens and Abbeville. It winds through a quiet landscape where hundred-year-old weeping willows greet you from its banks. In the fields you are likely to see herons and, between the trees, a few stately residences hardly daring to…

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July 2021

Canoe trekking in the Ardennes

July 24 |10:00 am - July 26 |5:00 pm
€395
Freeranger canoe guided canoe trips in the ardennes

Join us for an open canoe trekking as we paddle through Lorraine and the scenic Ardennes in the north of France. The Meuse River is considered one of the oldest rivers in the world because it flows through the Ardennes massif which was formed during the Paleozoic era. This makes her at least 250 million years old. Adventurous days on the river will be balanced by tranquil nights in the campsites where we prepare tasty meals each evening leaving you ready…

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August 2021

Greenland paddle workshop

August 7 |9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Freeranger Canoe, Veldstraat 35
Balen, Antwerpen 2491 Belgium
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€180
Greenland paddle workshop

During this 8 hour Greenland paddle workshop you will make make a traditional sea kayak paddle. Each participant will carve a paddle made to measure. The length of the paddle and the shaft and the width of the blade will be adapted to your size. We provide instruction, all the tools and the wood. You provide the elbow grease and go home with a new Greenland paddle! Class sizes are limited to 3 people due to space, tools and the attention…

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Canoe paddle workshop

August 7 |9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Freeranger Canoe, Veldstraat 35
Balen, Antwerpen 2491 Belgium
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€180
canoe paddle workshop

In this canoe paddle workshop you will make your own canoe paddle out of a single board of ash. You will make a classic otter- or beavertail paddle. A discussion of the various types of paddles and how to size a paddle to an individual will take place saturday morning. The rest of the day will be spent paring the wood down with hand tools to make a fine canoe paddle. It should be noted that you may not have time…

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Canoe camping in the Weerribben-Wieden

August 14 |8:00 am - August 17 |5:00 pm
€530
Freeranger canoe guided canoe trips in the weerribben-wieden

For multi-day canoe camping trips in Europe you have to go to Sweden. At least that is the widely held opinion. Well, for those who don’t want to drive endless kilometers, there is good news. The largest peat bog area in northwestern Europe is located barely 300 kilometers from Brussels. The Weerribben-Wieden National Park is a true canoe paradise. Go canoe camping in the Weerribben-Wieden with us and fall in love with this amazing area. The area is a gigantic cultural…

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Laminated canoe paddle workshop

August 28 |9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Freeranger Canoe, Veldstraat 35
Balen, Antwerpen 2491 Belgium
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€180
Laminated canoe paddle

In this paddle workshop you will make your own canoe paddle from a variety of laminated woods for a traditional beavertail or ottertail blade. Pre-laminated shafts will be supplied for you to glue up the blades and grips to. A discussion of the various types of paddles and how to size a paddle to an individual will take place before we glue up your individual paddle. The rest of the day will be spent paring the wood down with hand…

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September 2021

Canoe building course – Stitch and glue – Group

September 1 |6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Freeranger Canoe, Veldstraat 35
Balen, Antwerpen 2491 Belgium
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€300
Canoe building course - Stitch and glue - Group

Learn to build your own stitch and glue canoe at Freeranger Canoe. Courses run on 10 successive Wednesday evenings from September to November. Work starts at 18:30 hrs and ends at 22:00 hrs. In total we will be working for about 35 hours. A maximum of 4 participants is accepted. The workshop fee does not cover the acquisition of the canoe. After completion of the workshop the built canoe can be purchased at € 1440. That is with a 10%…

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Workshop canoe building – Wood strip – Group

September 4 |9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Freeranger Canoe, Veldstraat 35
Balen, Antwerpen 2491 Belgium
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€450
Workshop canoe building

Learn to build your own wood strip canoe at Freeranger Canoe in this workshop canoe building. Courses run on 11 successive Saturdays from September to November. Work starts at 09:00 hrs and ends at 13:00 hrs. In total we will be working for about 50 hours. A maximum of 4 participants is accepted. The workshop fee does not cover the acquisition of the canoe. After completion of the workshop the built canoe can be purchased with a 10% discount on…

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Day trip on the Dender River

September 19 |10:00 am - 5:00 pm
€75
Canoeing on the Dender River

The Dender used to be one of the most polluted rivers of Belgium but that has been reversed in recent years and now the water quality is back up to standard. It has improved favorably and it has turn back into a rich fishing water. On summer days you can see dozens of carp warming up just beyond the water surface. Nature, towns, villages and industry alternate. Mostly it’s very quiet on the water, but the towpath along the banks…

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October 2021

Day trip on the Leie River

October 10 |10:00 am - 5:00 pm
€75
canoeing on the Leie River

Canoeing on the Leie between Astene and Ghent means looking inside the most impressive villas and country houses of Flanders. But it’s not just bon chic bon genre. The Leie is particularly picturesque and it is not surprising that its valley was the source of inspiration for many painters of the Latem School. Permeke, De Smet and Minne, they all used to live here. The Leie is also an ideal river to practice your paddling skills. You are rarely alone on…

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Canoe paddle workshop

October 23 |9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Freeranger Canoe, Veldstraat 35
Balen, Antwerpen 2491 Belgium
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€180
Canoe paddle workshop

In this canoe paddle workshop you will make your own canoe paddle out of a single board of ash. You will make a classic otter- or beavertail paddle. A discussion of the various types of paddles and how to size a paddle to an individual will take place saturday morning. The rest of the day will be spent paring the wood down with hand tools to make a fine canoe paddle. It should be noted that you may not have time…

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Canoe trip on the Semois

October 30 |10:00 am - November 1 |5:00 pm
€395
canoe trip on the Semois le tombeaux du géant

During this canoe trip on the Semois the enchanting valley with its steep rocky slopes is our guide. We’ll paddle through dense forests and green meadows but also charming villages and towns. The famous castles of Herbeumont, Bouillon and Monthermé tell us the history of this region, which has been traversed by the most powerful world armies. Majestic bridges or narrow passerelles across the river lead to sometimes surprising places. The Semois Valley, in the southwest of Belgium near the…

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November 2021

Greenland paddle workshop

November 27 |9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Freeranger Canoe, Veldstraat 35
Balen, Antwerpen 2491 Belgium
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€180
Greenland paddle workshop

During this 8 hour Greenland paddle workshop you will make make a traditional sea kayak paddle. Each participant will carve a paddle made to measure. The length of the paddle and the shaft and the width of the blade will be adapted to your size. We provide instruction, all the tools and the wood. You provide the elbow grease and go home with a new Greenland paddle! Class sizes are limited to 3 people due to space, tools and the attention…

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December 2021

Laminated canoe paddle workshop

December 11 |9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Freeranger Canoe, Veldstraat 35
Balen, Antwerpen 2491 Belgium
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€180
Laminated canoe paddle workshop

In this paddle workshop you will make your own canoe paddle from a variety of laminated woods for a traditional beavertail or ottertail blade. Pre-laminated shafts will be supplied for you to glue up the blades and grips to. A discussion of the various types of paddles and how to size a paddle to an individual will take place before we glue up your individual paddle. The rest of the day will be spent paring the wood down with hand…

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